Napoleon surrendering to Captain Frederick Lewis Maitland on 15 July 1815
The device of continuous narrative is here precisely employed in depicting Napoleon Bonaparte's final surrender to the Royal Navy through a series of linked events. Dominating the composition is 'Bellerophon', shown centre-left in stern view, slightly on the starboard quarter. From the ship's barge below, the figure of Napoleon mounts a ladder leading to her gangway, whilst an expectant crowd awaits him on deck. Right of the ship, the same barge is seen in two further positions, marking out Bonaparte's passage from the brig 'L'Epervier' (shown far right) that had carried him into Basque Roads from the island of Aix. The French coastline is shown distantly in the background.
Object number: PAH0748
Date: circa 1815
Artist: Jean-Jérôme Baugean [artist & engraver]; Palmer [publisher]
Dimensions: 416 mm x 537 mm
- Image reference: PY0748
- © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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